Rico Rodriguez to Jamaican music is like Muddy Waters is to blues, and James Brown is to funk'n soul. Without a doubt, Rico's trombone playing is esteemed as significant in the history and birth of Jamaican music, particularly ska, rocksteady and reggae, as is his good friend, Don Drummond. But perhaps its Rico's contribution to the UK's Two-tone movement, and in particular, the movement called 'The Specials', that he gained his biggest following and most passionate fan base.
This episode of GO FEET! Radio is a tribute to Rico Rodriguez who just passed away on the 4th of September 2015. Rico's good friend, Dennis Alcapone, was near him during his last days and moments and shares a touching tribute to his fellow countryman. I draw on the experiences of other musicians/DJs and get their tributes too, plus I play some tracks that I love and which keep that 'Jungle Beat' alive in me.
We love you Rico Rodriguez. Thank you for your boss contribution to the world of ska, rocksteady, reggae and beyond. This is a tribute to you, Rico.
Rest easy Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez MBE (17 October 1934 – 4 September 2015)
Next week Dennis Alcapone returns to flash it from the top, to the very last drop, so keep it locked to GO FEET! Radio.
1. Dandy Livingston feat. Rico - Rudy, A Message To You
2. The Specials feat. Rico - A Message To You Rudy
3. Rico Rodriguez - Africa
4. Rico Rodriguez - Let George Do It
5. Rico Rodriguez - The Bullet
Tribute To Rico From Alpheus
Rico - Man From Wareika
8. Rico - Dem Belly Full
9. Tommy Tornado feat. Rico - Gladiator
Rico gets interviewed by Silvia Demetilla. Media: La Tundra. Date: February 2012
Rico - This Day Dub
Rico - Lumumba Dub
Rico - Ramble Dub
10. Miss Megoo & The Yahman Allstars feat. Rico Rodriguez - What A Wonderful World
Tribute To Rico from Gary McLeod & Darren
Rico Rodriguez with Dubsensemania - Moonlight Serenade